Speckled Bush-cricket

Leptophyes punctatissima

About

The Speckled Bush-cricket prefers rough vegetation, scrub and hedgerows, and is also found in gardens. It can be seen perching on bushes, window ledges, flowers and leaves, particularly Bramble. Speckled Bush-crickets emerge as nymphs in May and moult into their adult form during later summer. Most active at dusk and during the night, males call to attract females by rubbing their wings together, but their 'song' (a high-pitched 'chirp') is barely audible to human ears. Females lay their eggs in late summer in the bark of a tree or a plant stem; here, they overwinter, ready to emerge next spring.

How to identify

The Speckled Bush-cricket is green with a covering of tiny black speckles, and an orangey-brown stripe down the back. It has a humpbacked appearance and very short wings. The female has a distinctive scimitar-shaped ovipositor.

Where to find it

Widespread in south and central England, and around the Welsh coast.

Habitats

When to find it

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

How can people help

Crickets are common in gardens and can be encouraged by the provision of bushes, hedges and wilder areas, more common in the South. In turn, other species will be attracted to the garden as crickets are a food source for many animals, including bats, birds and amphibians, providing a vital link in the food chain. To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

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Species information

Common name
Speckled Bush-cricket
Latin name
Leptophyes punctatissima
Category
Invertebrates
Grasshoppers and crickets
Statistics
Body length: 1.4cm
Conservation status
Common.